7 July 2010
Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Géricault (Rouen 1791-1824 Paris)
Study of a reclining male nude
with inscription 'Dessin de Gericault'
7¼ x 10 3/8 inches (18.3 x 26.4 cm.)
Pierre-Jean David, called David d'Angers (according to an inscription on the old mount).
with Prouté, Paris.
with Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Ltd., where acquired by the present owner, 1979.
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G. Bazin, Théodore Géricault: étude critique, documents et catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, II, pp. 282, 416, no. 277.
For Bazin, this study of a prostrate young man, supported by a lightly-sketched figure behind, belonged among the studies of figures and compositions after the Antique which Géricault executed around 1815-17. However, the pose of the figure is remarkably similar to that of the dead youth embraced by his father in the foreground of Géricault's masterpiece, The raft of the Medusa (Paris, Louvre). The present drawing may be one of the many anatomical studies that Géricault made at the Beaujon Hospital while preparing his picture.
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